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BORDER

Armenia / Netherlands, 2009 (MIFF 2010, Wild Things)

Director: Harutyun Khachtryan

This wordless wonder examines life in the wake of the Armenian-Azerbaijan conflict, as seen through the eyes of a stray buffalo.

In this poetic drama, given framework by the passing seasons, filmmaker Harutyun Khachatryan details the minutia of everyday comings and goings of a border town following the Armenia and Azerbaijan conflict of the 1990s.

An injured buffalo is recovered by villagers and taken back to the farm, where it is regarded as a stranger by the other animals, farmers and refugees. Through this supposedly insensate beast - and without dialogue as a tool - Khachatryan contemplates the lasting effect of war on his people.

D Harutyun Khachtryan P Harutyun Khachtryan, Gevorg Gevorgyan, Denis Vaslin S Harutyun Khachtryan, Mikayel Stamboltsyan WS Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development L no dialogue TD 35mm/2009

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